90% of field trials with Open Compute Project Recognized Product continued to production as spending grew 37% in 2020.

Study shows projected spend is expected to hit $46 billion by 2025.

San Jose, CA – November 9, 2021 - The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP), a collaborative community focused on bringing hyperscale innovations to everyone by redesigning data center facilities, hardware and embedded firmware technology to efficiently support the growing demands on compute infrastructure, announces today the results of an independent market impact assessment of the Open Compute Project, conducted by Omdia, part of Informa. This study, commissioned by OCP, analyzes the global adoption and impact of OCP recognized equipment in the data center and telecommunications technology industry. 

In 2021, Omdia interviewed OCP recognized equipment vendors and their customers  to supplement its ongoing discussions within the data center and telecommunications ecosystem, from server, power, network and rack vendors to silicon suppliers, colocation, cloud, communication providers and system integrators. Data obtained from these discussions were fed into Omdia’s proprietary bottom-up models. 

Among the findings:

  • In 2020, spending on OCP recognized equipment topped $16 billion, and is on track to reach $46 billion by 2025.
  • Familiarity with the OCP has significantly increased and businesses from every vertical are paying attention, now viewing the OCP fostered community as a true source of innovation.
  • Adoption from tier 2 cloud and communications service providers and enterprises across different industries is growing fast and by 2025 only half of the spend on OCP recognized equipment will come from hyperscale data center operators. 
  • The number of verticals and adoption within each vertical of OCP recognized product is broadening, including retail, wholesale and the public sector, which is now seeing openness as a requirement for new investment initiatives.
  • Communication service providers (Comm SPs) continue to drive opportunities within the OCP vendor community, as the number of proof-of-concepts (POCs) has multiplied.
  • The OCP Community’s efforts in setting standards for components such as NIC and OAM are on track to have broad market impact.
  • OCP OpenEdge projects are expected to power the next wave of growth in adoption of OCP recognized products.
  • Interest outside the United States is steadily increasing, with EMEA and Asia Pacific showing strong interest in all forms of OCP recognized product, and even many POCs in Africa.

Barriers to growth for companies worldwide as a result of the pandemic and supply chain issues, now include staff shortages. For the first time in the study, we heard that investment in professional development and training would enable increased product spend.

This is a very important time in the existence of the OCP as it gears up its Community-led activities to address critical challenges facing the industry. Key trends that shape the market for the next decade include the movement of computation to the edge creating IT ecosystems, software workload diversity driving the need for composable silicon and designing for sustainability with new metrics, cooling and equipment reuse technologies and techniques,” comments Cliff Grossner, Ph.D,  Vice President of Market Intelligence for the Open Compute Project Foundation. Dr. Grossner was hired by the OCP Foundation in the Fall of 2021 to lead its market intelligence function and is responsible for driving awareness of OCP, training and certification programs, and guiding inventors presenting their early-stage company ideas to potential investors.

Additionally, OMDIA surveyed 271 enterprise IT buyers across 4 countries to capture their familiarity, usage and appetite for open compute recognized equipment, and 70% plan to increase their data center investment in 2022, with improving efficiency, reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs as the primary drivers. Furthermore, 96% were familiar with OCP and 90% of OCP field trials resulted in a production deployment. 

"The OCP ecosystem has changed dramatically since our first market forecast, shared at the 2018 OCP Summit. The number of technologies the OCP Community has developed has multiplied, and with that, demand from companies of all sizes and business lines has soared,” said Vladimir Galabov, director, cloud and data center research, at Omdia. “The new large-scale end-user survey we completed this year demonstrates just how broad the reach of the OCP Community is. The level of familiarity and the number of field trials and deployments is remarkable. The long list of open projects stands in stark contrast to the few deployments and POCs we saw in 2017.” 

Download the full Market Impact Study here.

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About Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP)

The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) was initiated in 2011 with a mission to apply the benefits of open source and open collaboration to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center’s networking equipment, general purpose and GPU servers, storage devices and appliances, and scalable rack designs. OCP’s collaboration model is being applied beyond the data center, helping to advance the telecom industry & EDGE infrastructure. www.opencompute.org

About Omdia

Omdia is a global technology research organization, established following the merger of the research division of Informa Tech and the acquired IHS Markit technology research portfolio, Ovum, Tractica and Heavy Reading. We combine the expertise of more than 400 analysts across the entire technology spectrum covering 200 markets and publish over 3,000 research reports annually, reaching over 14,000 subscribers.

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